In speaking about teachers and 1 John 4.1-6, Kingsley Barrett says this: “You will agree with me that it is important for a student, and quite indispensable for a teacher to be able to distinguish between the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. This does not mean simply that such a person should know his facts, and know them accurately, though he must and heaven help him if he doesn’t. No one who has seen the errors of teachers reproduced in the essays of undergraduates can fail to tremble at the thought of a teacher’s responsibility. But there is something which goes beyond facts, beyond data, true or false. There is the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. Sometimes, the spirit of truth can reign even when the facts, or some of them, are wrong; sometimes it is the other way around.”
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